Issa Rae Will Produce And Star In A ‘Set It Off’ Remake

Word on the street is that Issa Rae is in the early development on a remake of one of our beloved favorites “Set If Off”  — originally starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica Fox and Kimberly Elise.

Issa will produce and also has plans to star in the film.  Montrel McKay (Issa Rae Productions) will produce alongside Issa.

via Variety:

“Set It Off,” directed by F. Gary Gray, was a solid performer at the box office with a $41 million gross on a $9 million budget for a story about four close friends who pull off a series of successful bank robberies in Los Angeles, thanks to the inside knowledge provide by Fox’s bank teller character. “Set It Off” helped propel the careers of all four lead actresses and Gray.

Rae starred in the Fox drama “The Hate U Give” as activist April Ofrah, who helps Amandla Stenberg’s character find her voice and speak up. She and Larry Wilmore created HBO’s “Insecure,” which follows the friendship of two women as they deal with their real-life flaws and a seemingly endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. The series has aired for four seasons.

Why must she insist on messing with this. I hate remakes of classics. Leave it a alone Sis

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Spike Lee and Jordan Peele Talk ‘BlacKkKlansman’ And The Power Of Film

The two film giants sat down to discuss their Academy Award nominated film, BlacKkKlansman, the power of film, and it’s ability to push past entertainment, reach the people and effect change.

“This is the type of film that can change how people think. This movie is so relevant with where we’re at in this country. We need more movies like this,” says Jordan Peele on BlacKkKlasman and how the power of cinema can push past entertainment.

BlaKkKlansman, directed by Lee and produced by Peele, is the incredible true story of an American hero, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who was the first black detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department, he set out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the extremist hate group the, Ku Klux Klan with the help of his colleague Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver).  In 1978, Stallworth infiltrated the hate group going undercover, and becoming a member. No, this isn’t a Dave Chappelle skit this really happened.

Spike Lee is finally having his Oscar Moment, BlacKkKlansman, received 6 Academy Award Nominations. Lee’s debut film, She’s Gotta Have It was released in 1986. 

After more than 30 years, we’re raising our fist to say Power to Spike Lee who’s always brought Power to the People.

Via B.Scott

My Favorite Movie : Things You Didn’t Know About Love Jones

Today is the 20 Year Anniversary of Love Jones

“Who am I? Well, they call me Brotha to the night. And right now, I’m the blues on your left thigh…trying to become the funk in your right…Is that all right?”

If you’re anything like me,Im sure you took his open-ended question and answered it with a resounding, “Hell yeah,” while watching this movie. I do this, every single time. What can I say? I like a man who knows how to use his words

If your a youngin and/or not hip too the backstory of the film beyond its hype, Love Jones tells the story of Darius Lovehall (played by Larenz Tate), a black man who happens to be a poet in Chicago who falls in love with a photographer (played by Nia Long), by the name of Nina Moseley. This dynamic duo (who literally look the exact same way they did 20 years ago, seriously black don’t crack!) take us through the ups and downs of their relationship, reminding us all that even if the perfect relationship doesn’t exist, good love does, and more than that, it’s worth fighting for. Always. Pride can be something serious to swallow, especially in situations where the ego is involved, but I won’t give too much away (in case you haven’t seen it).

I will never forget how Love Jones made me feel ,those scenes left its imprint on our hearts 20 years ago as of today, stood out to me and grabbed me the most. I had never seen anything like it. Unapologetic blackness that was spun in a way where there were expressions of art and creativity that bound these characters together and shaped them individually as they hustled through their day to day life. Characters traded in the stereotypical Hollywood mold of criminality and highlighted a different reality, a reality that was a lot truer to most people.

I didn’t understand the dynamics of #LoveJones when it first came out. By all means; I was ten years old. But I did know that I wanted a love like that….a love that made its way back to me. And even now when I watch Love Jones I catch something new every time and this time I GET IT and I FEEL THEM. Classic movie that speaks to every adult that has experienced some REAL love.

” Let me tell you somethin’. This here, right now, at this very moment, is all that matters to me. I love you. That’s urgent like a motherfucker.” – #DariusLovehall

20 years later ( I was 10 at the time), it’s hard to believe that Love Jones still continues to be a staple in every black family’s DVD collection.

Did You Know :

Jada Pinkett-Smith Was Supposed to Play Nina

As much as we love Nia Long and Larenz Tate together, believe it or not, Jada Pinkett-Smith was originally supposed to play the role of Nina. According to the director, he saw Jada on “A Different World” and felt she brought a different sensibility from other black actresses of her generation, but unfortunately she passed on the script.

The First Ending Was Scrapped Because Black Women Don’t Like To Get Their Hair Wet

The first ending of Love Jones initially had Nia Long standing in the rain while Larenz’s character pleaded for her love. During the screening of the movie, black women offered feedback that this scene was unrealistic because a black woman would never stand in the rain and risk getting her hair wet. Even Witcher had to weigh in on this one:

“We tested the movie, and most of the women in the audience didn’t believe a black woman would stand in the rain with her hair uncovered. This mortified me because we’re going for the big finish and you’re absorbed in this detail of whether her hair would get messed up? The studio [New Line Cinema] said, ‘Reshoot,’ and we shot the scene under an L train track. I wanted to present a woman protagonist without vanity, which I thought would be refreshing, but I guess I failed.”
[…] On the one hand, I thought that was [messed] up and on the other hand I was mad at myself because I thought it was a failure that if I haven’t locked you into this movie by this point such that some minor plot inconsistency is taking you out of the movie, then I have failed as a filmmaker. Apparently, for black women, the rain was a bridge too far … and the studio’s like, “Well, I guess we’re reshooting the ending. That’s for sure.”
I was really upset at that. Really upset. Really. Just thinking about it, I remember getting those cards back and reading comment after comment after comment about the hair and I was, like, “The … hair? Are you kidding me? Really? Her hair?” Apparently, “Yes. Really, …yes, her hair. Get it right. Yes.”

Love Jones Was Considered a Flop

Everybody and their mama has seen Love Jones and despite the popularity amongst the African-American community, many have considered Love Jones to be a flop by Hollywood standards because the film only grossed $12 million at the box office. There were many reasons that attributed to the low box office numbers included the film’s characters of “black intellectuals and creatives” was a different spin on the gangster movies that had gained popularity during that time. Actor Isiah Washington blames the lower than expected box office numbers on the black community not being fully ready for a black love or romance movie

“Talk that talk honey. Walk that walk, money. High on legs that’ll spite Jehovah…”